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Ethics and the products of science


Black, R, Ethics and the products of science, Science and Technology Ethics, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, RE Spier (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 39-58. ISBN 978-020344096-4 (2001) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.4324/9780203440964


As humans unravel the biochemical foundations of their nature and as they come to a clearer understanding of both their own origins and the very origins of the universe itself, it has become possible to ask whether ethics is really a subject apart from science and, if it is, to query whether it is capable of resolving the moral dilemmas that arise as people consider the products of modern science and the uses to which they might be put. This chapter will begin by considering a significant scientific challenge to the very possibility of ethics itself. It will then turn to consider how the moral dilemmas raised by modern science might be resolved. Finally, an important approach to the resolution of moral dilemmas will be applied to some of the difficult problems relating to modern scientific products.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Ethical use of new technology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Technological ethics
UTAS Author:Black, R (Professor Rufus Black)
ID Code:125301
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Vice-Chancellors Office
Deposited On:2018-04-12
Last Modified:2018-04-12

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